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Rolling Out Community Transformation

Councilmember Jaiza Page Announces Winners of Grant Program to Promote Workforce Development and Combat Vacant Housing

[Columbus, OH]  Raising the standard for neighborhood revitalization and stabilization, three local non-profits will transform six vacant properties into community assets.

On Tuesday, February 28, 1pm, at 97-99 Chicago Ave., Columbus City Councilmember Jaiza Page announced the winners of the Learning Skills to Lift Neighborhoods (LSLN) grant program.

The program promotes workforce development in the construction trades for youth or restored citizens.

 “I am so proud of the entries we received,” said Page. “The program not only provides job and skill building opportunities but also gives our community partners another tool in the toolbox to fight against the issue of vacant housing.”

Grantees were awarded up to $20,000 per worksite, with a maximum of two sites per applicant.

“As we continue to look for new ways to revitalize our neighborhoods, I am excited this new program will utilize Land Bank properties while creating job training opportunities,” said Development Director Steve Schoeny.

Award recipients and amounts are:  

  • J. Jireh Development Corporation - $20,000

10 restored citizens will participate in housing renovation projects and urban farm design on 688-690 Berkeley Avenue and 592 Kelton Avenue. During their mentorship experience, they will receive housing, drug and alcohol treatment, education, and additional programming. Four of the ten individuals will enroll at The Ohio State University and receive their master gardener certificate. The other six will enroll at ABC for their evening construction trade classes.

  • Franklinton Rising - $40,000

8-14 new opportunity youth trainees will enter into their program. They will be completing a full rehab on two different land bank properties, 97-99 Chicago Avenue, and 80-82 Hayden Avenue. Trainees will attend classes once a week to learn both life skills and building trade familiarization. After completion of classes, they will work 10-15 hours/week on the rehab projects. Franklinton Rising expects that a minimum of 2-3 trainees in this class will gain full employment with companies in the trade.

  • Franklinton Gardens - $40,000

20 restored citizens will enter the Franklinton Gardens Urban Agriculture Training Program. They will be working on two different parcels, 930-932 Sullivant Avenue and 154-164 Hawkes Avenue. The work will include light construction and landscaping detail that will build into the maintaining of the urban agriculture operation. They will also receive professional development support, such as resume writing and interview techniques. Program members will receive $15/hour for their work.


Previous experience and capacity in the area of workforce development training for youth or restored citizens was a requirement of the program. 

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